Salvation is a free gift from God. It delivers those who receive this gift from the consequences of the fall of man. It was bought and paid for when Jesus laid down His life on the cross. We are restored to the relationship God intended when He first created Adam, through faith in Jesus and by accepting His Lordship over our lives.
God created the heavens, the earth, day, night, all the animals, and mankind. Genesis 1 & 2 describes this physical creation in detail. God created the first man from dust and then shared His own breath with him, breathing the "Breath of God" into his nostrils and giving him life.
"Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7)
God's purpose in creation was for relationship. God made the heavens, earth, garden, and all the animals; His purpose was to give mankind a beautiful place to live and enjoy life. God gave them open access to everything. He gave them every tree in the garden except one. God warned the man and woman to never eat from one of the trees - the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He clearly warned them that if they ate from that tree, they would die.
"And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
Man is unique from all of God's other creation, because we are the only ones that have received His breath. We have a physical body and a spiritual soul. Genesis tells us that God reproduced Himself and created us "in His own image and in His own likeness." God's intention was that we would be like Him; be fruitful in the earth, and have dominion and authority over all of His creation.
Why did God make the earth and us along with it? He doesn't really need us, so why did he create anything? It is because He loved us before He even created us. The Bible tells us that this is true.
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us." (Ephesians 1:4-8)
Adam and Eve's act of disobeying God in the garden separated us from Him. We became spiritually dead and unable to save ourselves. This can translate into a feeling of emptiness or a hunger that can't be satisfied.
The hunger we feel is spiritual hunger. It can only be filled by restoring a relationship with God, our Creator. That restoration comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
"For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Resource: "The Purple Book: Biblical Foundations for Building Strong Disciples" by Rice Brooks and Steve Murrell
We are sinners separated from God by our sin nature. The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death." However, salvation is a free gift from God by faith in His son Jesus Christ.
If you would like to receive God's gift of salvation, pray this prayer:
"Thank You, Jesus, for dying on the cross for me. I know that I am a sinner and I repent for my sins. Come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. Today I have been made new. From this day forward, I will follow You. Amen."
If you prayed the prayer of salvation, "Congratulations and welcome to God's family." The heavens are celebrating your decision. Please contact us and let us know you prayed this prayer. If you have any questions about your decision or would like to speak with someone further, please contact Pastor Lance Batiste or Pastor Kathy Hill by clicking on their email below.
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